From ZDNet via alert reader P, we find that Google Maps, in its “street view” mode, has added six underwater panoramas to its repertoire.
Announced on Tuesday, the underwater vistas comprise six sites of marine interest: Wilson Island, Heron Island and Lady Elliot Island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef; Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay and Molokini crater; and the volcanic reserve of Apo Island in the Philippines.
“With these vibrant and stunning photos you don’t have to be a scuba diver — or even know how to swim — to explore and experience six of the ocean’s most incredible living coral reefs,” Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps and Earth, said in a blog post.
You can find the “reef views” here, and they’re pretty cool. You can scroll around them and get a 360-degree view of some lovely marine areas, zoom in on the photos, or connect them to Google Maps to see where the sites are. Here’s a screenshot: